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Weather update: 3 main centres

A large but very slow moving low is today affecting the weather across New Zealand.   In short the north is tropical and the south is wintry.

So what’s the latest with the rain and when is the next southerly coming?

After predictions yesterday of drizzle turning to rain today, has this morning revised it’s forecast for Tuesday saying the city should be mostly dry.  There is the potential for rain to form relatively suddenly under these conditions but so far the satellite map shows clouds thinning out and the rain radar shows most rain clearing to the east.   We’ll keep a close eye on it, as under such humid conditions a small shower can very quickly grow into rain that sets in.  See our detailed Auckland forecast here.  Rain is still expected this evening or overnight.

Normally New Zealand’s ‘windy city’ but today Wellington is incredibly calm with periods of rain surrounding the city.  A very light southerly is being detected which has helped keep the temperature down to around 13, going for a high of 15 with a northerly developing later.  MetService has a heavy rain warning out for the Tararua ranges and for low lying areas north of Levin.  The warnings can be found here.  

To many living in Christchurch a forecast for a cloudy day with a nor’easter is not something that is welcomed.  Well, that’s the forecast today.  More cloud, more of those cold nor’easters and a high of 16 – which is a little warmer than yesterday.  Currently it’s 11 degrees.   To top it off light rain is also in the area.   Fires are being lit again and heaters turned on.  Tomorrow a southerly arrives again and the temperatures will drop once more to mid-July levels.  Hopefully the summer warmth will arrive in time for the weekend.


Guest on 30/11/2009 11:06pm

Been a gorgeous day in Invercargill so far – mainly sunny with patchy cloud but no sign of the ‘chance of rain’ that’s been forecast.

kylie on 1/12/2009 2:16am

And its soo nice not to have a howling gale just for a change. Long may it last.

David New Brighton on 30/11/2009 10:25pm

Hi Phil,

Currently 12 deg C ( 7 deg below normal ), Light NE with intermittent Lt Dz…so it appears December is starting off with a whimper!

November was colder, drier than normal (using historically normal figures for Christchurch overall)…

Mean temperature was 13.9 deg C ( below the normal of 14.1 deg for Christchurch)
Rainfall was 16.9mm ( normal 45 mm for Christchurch))

However, we were not lacking in sunshine, judging by the daily wx records from this station.

Frosts recorded on four days, the heaviest – 0.8 deg on the 16th.

…and least it’s not humid, in spite of the cold!

8 – D

David New Brighton on 30/11/2009 10:56pm

…sorry I was meaning to say humid like AK! 8 – [

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